Mt. McKinley: Walter & Team Move to 9,600’

Posted by: Mike Walter, Pete Van Deventer | May 13, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 9,600'

This morning we awoke to our first views of the Alaska Range. After sitting out the storm in Talkeetna and flying on with clouds still in the area, we were pleasantly surprised with a beautiful sunny day. Our first big hill of the trip greeted us right out of camp, but even with this challenge we moved well up to camp at 9,500’.  The Kahiltna Glacier is in great shape which made our travels nice and fluid. Base camp received 3 feet of snow while we sat in Talkeetna, but this just made for great navigating and smooth sailing for us. As we moved into the steeps of Ski Hill, there was a perfect trough to keep our sleds in line and upright. With our first challenges behind us, we rolled into camp around 5:00 and made a yummy birthday dinner for Carl…61 today!! Now, we’re resting up for another big push tomorrow to 11,000’ camp. Happy Mother’s Day to all of our moms! Goodnight.

RMI Guides Mike Walter, Pete Van Deventer & Maile Wade

An RMI team pulling sleds up Ski Hill on the Lower Kahiltna Glacier

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Team, We wish you GREAT LUCK on McKinley.  Be safe.  Sara and Bill McGahan

Posted by: Bil McGahan on 5/17/2012 at 2:40 pm

happy birthday carl & best wishes for great weather.
summit on!

Posted by: lars on 5/14/2012 at 5:37 pm

Wishing you more days like this. Carry on!  XO to Rich.

Posted by: Christina Doren on 5/14/2012 at 4:00 pm

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